AIDAN CALLAGHAN WINS 70.3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Lost Sheep 70.3 National Championship In 2015 Aidan Callaghan was third behind two professionals in National championship in Athlone. Coming in to the race he was the reigning super series champion and, having recently qualified for Kona was in good shape to improve on his previous results. In the swim section he came out of the water behind pro athlete Richie Nicols in a time just over 24 minutes for the 1900 metre swim. He and Nicols were passed by the national Duathlon champion Bryan McCrystal on the bike section but unfortunately for McCrystal he came off the bike on a downhill stretch. Aidan then took control of the race and finished his bike section four minutes ahead of the second rider and ultimately finished the run just over a minute ahead of Nicols. (Richie Nicols is married to fellow pro triathlete Eimear Mullen) . In third place was ‘THE RACE ‘winner Marius OLejnicjak over five minutes behind Callaghan. There were only three other club members who made the eight hour trek to Kenmare in Co.Kerry, Gavin Crawford was 13th overall and 4th in his category in a credible time of 4.30.23 in this hilly unforgiving course. The evergreen John Conaghan comfortably won his age group finishing in a time of 4.56.36. Lisa Dalton put the disappointment of her home town race behind her was second in her age group and sixth Woman home overall in a time of 5.09.15.

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Lough Key Sprint Triathlon
A large contingent made their way to Boyle on Sunday for the Sprint Triathlon . There were fine debut performances from Aidan Gallagher, Raj Mehan and Terence Quinn. Liam Tinney was unfortunate to get a puncture in the last 2km of the cycle so did not complete the race. There were numerous category prizes which rounds off the season well.

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Derry Half Marathon
Adam Speer was fifth in the Half marathon on Sunday closely followed by Brendan who was 9th.  There were also good performances from Peter O’Donnell, Clint Doherty, David Harvey, Adrian Callaghan, Colin Dean, Damian Mc Goohan, Cathy Harvey and Stephen Sweeney.

5km reports
Danny Mooney won the Glenties five k in a time of 17.28 with Niamh Mc Daid also running well.

Club Duathlon
A club Duathlon will be held on Sunday 11th of September . The race consists of a two mile run , ten mile cycle and two mile run. All you need is running gear , a safe bike and a helmet.
Registration will be at at Aura at 8.00,
Race Briefing 8.45
Race starts in the O’Donnell Park at 9.00 sharp.
Race results and refreshments at Aura at 11.00.
Everyone welcome for this end of season event. All funds raised will go to help Aidan Callaghan in his Trip to Kona for the World Iron Man Championship

Other news
Everyone in the club followed Jason Black in the cycle race around Ireland. It was a mighty achievement to complete the race.

Open water safety
There will not be any more Monday night swim sessions this year If anyone wants to use Gartan lake please enter from the heritage centre entrance point and please make sure you have a swim partner and swim buoy for personal safety. There is a club shed for changing and the lock code is available from any committee member.

Training continues as follows
Tuesday: Aura track – Track session 7.50pm
Wednesday : Aura Pool – Swim session 8.00 pm
Thursday : Long run Aura , meet at 6:30pm
Saturday : Aura club cycle 8.00am
Sunday : Beginners cycle 9.00am

Results Lough Key Sprint Triathlon
Men
22nd Paul Dillon 1.18.25
24th Jason King 1.19.35
49th Patrick McNulty 1.26.24
51st Lester Speer 1.26.44
57th Colm Corcoran 1.27.35
Alastair Hetherington 1.32.34
101st Pat Brady 1.37.05
120th Terence Quinn 1.42.19
139th Aidan Gallagher 1.54.13
143rd Raj mehan 2.00.40

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Women
16th Anne Robinson 1.30.59
33rd Sandra Devine 1.35.10
37th Martina McDaid 1.36.10
43rd Fiona McDaid 1.37.35
50th Louise Alcorn 1.39
71st Rachel Stilvern 1.45.18
104th Denise McBride 1.54.59
114th Andrea McDaid 2.00.00
116th Fiona Temple 2.00.01

Derry City Half Marathon
5th Adam Speer 1.14.34
9th Brendan Murphy 1.16.12
30th Peter O’Donnell 1.21.58
54th Clint Doherty 1.25.44
120th David Harvey 1.32.48
143rd Adrian Callahan 1.34.20
156th Colin Dean 1.35.04
289th Damian Mc Goohan 1.42.10
571st Stephen Sweeney 1.53.12
807th Cathy Harvey 1.58.57